Author: Ryan Fair

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My name is Ryan Fair I live in northwest ohio. I am married with 2 daughters who are my life. I am most passionate about chasing whitetails. If I’m not doing something whitetail related you can usually find me turkey hunting or on a boat somewhere with a rod in my hand. My main focus on writing is hunting whitetail and turkey. I also enjoy writing about gear reviews and fishing articles. In 2013 I helped start whitetail junkys with my good friend Dusty Kroft. We promote all things outdoors. You can find me at www.whitetailjunkys.com, on Facebook at whitetail junkys, or on my writing page droptine hollow outdoors.

As an avid waterfowl hunter there are few things that are as important as a good set of waders. We use them to get to some of the roughest parts of the water, in some of the coldest water and in some of the most extreme conditions. All while expecting them to keep us comfortable and dry. We ask a lot from our waders but when spending your hard-earned money, you should ask a lot. Whether it’s your first time picking up a set of waders or your fifth, there are a few things to keep in mind which I…

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When my wife first told me seven years ago that we were having a baby, the excitement started to build. I couldn’t wait to have a new hunting partner and one that was as excited about the outdoors as I am. I just knew when “he” got here, we had all kinds of things to start learning. Fast forward a few months and all the planning I had done had come down to this appointment: The ultrasound. When the doctor came in and said, “Congratulations, you guys are having a little girl,” I didn’t know what to say. This obviously…

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Every spring, as turkey season approaches, I hear several hunters complain that the turkey numbers are down. I have heard this complaint enough that I decided to research whether that’s true, and if so, what is causing it. Not only did I find that this was true, but I also discovered that one of the top threats to wild turkey populations is predation. I’m sure it is no surprise that the decrease in wild turkey correlates with the fall of the fur market. What was once a popular and lucrative pastime for many people—trapping—is now almost nonexistent. I talked with…

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What is the best bait for bass fishing? If you are any kind of bass-fishing aficionado, the itch to catch the first bass of the year grows the longer winter drags on. It’s an itch that only has one cure: Catching bass. The only problem is, you must wait for the ice to thaw or head south. Once the ice is thawed, it’s go-time. I check lakes nearest to me as I flip the calendar to March, knowing that now, it won’t be long. As soon as I have open water, I’m casting. Cold-water bass fishing is not like catching…

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Our picks of the best turkey calls, how to perform, and when to use each one. Getting the old gobbler to break his sense of protection is the job of the turkey hunter. In order to make the tom come into your calling, you have to be very patient and very subtle. Turkeys are really not that different from men. We like soft-spoken women who know how to play the game. Getting an old tom into gun range is as simple as impersonating someone he is used to hearing, and having the right call to help you. In my opinion,…

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For this article, I have compiled a list of things I found I needed goose hunting for beginners, waterfowl hunters, and offer a few tactics to get you started. Like anything you are passionate about, the sky’s the limit (no pun intended) when it comes to gear. When I was approached a few years ago to take care of some nuisance geese, I was hesitant to take on the job. The main reason: I knew nothing about goose hunting. I scoured the internet to find as much on the topic as I could, then I agreed to take care of…

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There’s a lot more to finding great fishing rods and reels than just going to the local Walmart and picking out and buying one. Just go to any true fishing tackle shop or fishing tournament and ask someone. As rods go, there are several different styles. Some are for general fishing, like a 6-foot 2-piece rod. Some are made for specific types of fishing. The same situation goes for reels. There are several different kinds, all are made for specific purposes. Some are for general fishing. Some are meant for getting a bait back to the boat as fast as…

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When I think of spring, I think of spawning bass. As the temperature rises, so do the bass. They head out of their deep wintering holes to move into their natural spawning areas. The key trigger for the spawn is the water temperature. In my area, I start to keep an eye on this aspect of fishing toward the end of March. The spawn may be the best time of year to catch your personal best bass to date. To be able to do this successfully, you need to understand the spawn and its three stages. Here, I will break…

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It’s the night before spring turkey season opens. The sun is just setting, and you’re sitting on the ridge of a field. You hit your owl call with a “who, who, whoooo.” You wait and listen. There it is—the gobbler you were hoping to hear! You hit the call again, hoping to pinpoint his location, and you glass the trees along a creek. There he is, roosted in a big oak tree. Now you’ve got him roosted for the night, and hopefully you’ll have a game plan for the morning. Here are a few things I like to do before…

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